The Art of Picking Art // Traditional VS Modern.


I was perusing Architectural Digest’s archives, and I came across these two apartments, both beautiful but so different. I was attracted to them both because they both have some pretty amazing art going on. Arguably, the art makes the spaces, in both cases. Traditional room/modern art is a pretty happening thing, but so is the flip side modern room/traditional art. Neither one of these apartments fits that neatly into the categories, but almost. The first is a light filled 1920’s apartment with views of the park, designed by Stephen Sills. Contemporary traditional deco furniture with an amazing collection of Pop art that includes pieces by Roy Lichtenstein (that stunner above the couch that literally makes the room. Look how the lines of the painting pick up the stripes in the coffee table legs. And the pattern on the pillows!) and a Warhol above the fireplace. A Cy Twombly is not even worthy of living room status and hangs in the breakfast nook. (Jk) Pieces by Keith Tyson and Anish Kapoor hang in the family room and dining room, respectively.  item3.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.stephen-sills-assoc-19-manhattan-living-room-extra Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 10.13.54 AM Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 10.13.15 AM

The second is the space of Über-hairstylist Guido Palau in his Manhattan duplex. Robert Passal decorated the home. The space is warm, masculine and collected.  The Jeff Muhs piece above the sofa sets the tone for the traditionally themed artwork in the space.  item1.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.guido-palau-04-living-room item4.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.guido-palau-05-dining-area item9.rendition.slideshowWideHorizontal.guido-palau-16-guest-room

 Hendrik Kerstens photograph dominates the guest room. The photo was once the inspiration for a runway’s hairstyles done by Palau. Palau and Passal were so in sync that Passal picked it not even knowing its history with the stylist. item10.rendition.slideshowWideVertical.guido-palau-08-guest-room

An imposing painting by Mark Beard presides over the guest room; the abstract picture is by Charles Green Shaw. Screen Shot 2013-10-25 at 10.12.49 AM

In the stairwell a Serge Mouille sconce and a set of trophy antlers join photographs by David Sims, Karlheinz Weinberger, and Janette Beckman – a sly nod to the traditional arrangements of English portrait galleries.

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This is not what most people think of when they think “modern” but its use of black, the architecture of the space, the midcentury danish pieces throughout and the lines of most of the furniture almost put it in that realm. It’s the layering of accessories, books and art that transform the space.

My friend Christine of Bijou and Boheme (I know you think I’m a stalker now, Christine!) recently started adding these gigantic vintage art pieces by Anewall to her home, juxtaposed with midcentury modern classics and I really, really dig it. Ever since I repainted last spring, I’ve been kind of stuck as to what I should hang back up on my walls. I DO NOT want to make any holes in my white high gloss walls for nothing. I’m actually thinking to print some of my photographs and hang them with my crazy paintings. I’ve also caved and made a gallery wall in the den. I had so many small pieces of art all over the house, I consolidated them in one room. I know everyone lurrrvvvesss a gallery wall, but I usually prefer one statement piece, so that’s why I say “I caved.” It solved a lot of problems for me, and I hung most of it with command strips, so thats a good thing!

Anyway, hope you liked the post, and have a great day!Friday!!!! Woohoo!!! Tomorrow I can sleep past 6:45!

Photos via AD

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  1. Great photos! Love the Cy Twombly in the kitchen! Perfect.

  2. Thank you for the mention sweet friend…I’m quite sure that whatever you do/decide in the art department will be fabulous. And thanks for those staircase photograph links- I’ve been on a mad hunt for portraits I like and these are gorgeous. xx

  3. these images are so good. A gallery wall does solve a lot of problems….and I think after seeing them so often you begin to like them. And the anewall concept is awesome….so so beautiful to be able to have large paintings like that at such amazing prices….its just I don’t know that I can have this type of reproductions. The look is amazing though.

    I got to sleep in today too…we skipped soccer!


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